GreenhouseConnect 2018 Focuses on Grower Challenges and Solutions

A group of 23 leading greenhouse growers and 324 industry suppliers came together in Park City, UT, in October for three days of networking and one-on-one discussions geared toward solving problems and generating new ideas.

Greenhouse Grower’s 2018 GreenhouseConnect, held October 23-26, wasn’t all about business. The event offered plenty of opportunities for socializing and peer-to-peer networking when attendees weren’t in meetings.


During the event, decision makers for both growers and suppliers were able to quickly get down to the issues that mattered most, with 50 minutes of uninterrupted meeting time, something that is difficult to do at a tradeshow or at certain times of the year when the greenhouse is busy. Growers also used the meeting times to share their challenges, concerns, and expectations with suppliers.

A Grower Roundtable, held prior to the opening reception, kicked off the event and allowed growers to discuss some of the issues that were of top concern to all of them, including freight and transportation costs and logistics; how to demand better prices; investing in automation technology; and strategies for expanding into new markets, including e-commerce.

Following this spirited discussion, Kerry Scott of MASLabor outlined the federal H-2A program and how it could potentially benefit growers looking for reliable workers.

All in all, the 2018 GreenhouseConnect was the perfect venue to bring top industry players together to facilitate the success of their businesses. Check out the slideshow above to catch some of the highlights.

Thanks to everyone who attended this year’s GreenhouseConnect! For more information on how you can participate as a grower or a supplier, contact Laura Drotleff, Greenhouse Grower Editor; Karen Gerome, Greenhouse Grower Publisher; or Rosemary Gordon, Editor, Grower Programs and Events.